Electronic Board System Design

Mentor’s Capital: Enterprise Electrical Design

Mentor’s Capital Platform is a software suite for electrical systems and harness design. This post details its capabilities and associated benefits.

Zuken’s CR-8000: Enabling Multi-Board System Design

Zuken’s CR-8000 is a software suite for electronics engineering, including multi-board system design. This post details their capabilities and advantages. Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve been digging deeper and deeper into system engineering. Very frequently, that means using methodologies to deal with the complexities of designing across multiple engineering disciplines. …

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You Might Not Know It, But You’re Designing Systems

Does your company need system engineering? That’s a basic question that an increasing amount of companies are starting to ask themselves. No organization can afford to really ponder these kinds of questions without some motivation. No, there’s a reason they are becoming introspective in this way: there are some serious implications of failed system-level prototypes. …

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Designing in Virtual Reality: Making Ironman’s Jarvis Real

Ever daydream about designing in virtual reality with Ironman’s Jarvis? Analyzing new technologies, this post suggests it may become reality soon.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

A Single Source of the Truth for the BOM Still Doesn’t Exist

It is crazy how time flies. Blink and 2015 is gone. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy. I hope that 2016 decides to pass by a little more slowly. But I don’t think I’ll have much luck with that. Regardless, I have a topic that I’ve wanted to touch upon for quite …

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No More Excuses: It’s Time to Merge MCAD and ECAD

I have a confession. Something’s been bothering me. Amidst all of the talk about the Internet of Things, it doesn’t seem to get much airplay. I’ve asked providers of software for engineering about it several times, but it gets roundly put aside and ignored. Few seem to care. But for me, I just can’t reconcile …

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Arena Exchange: Secure Yet Hands-Free Collaboration

This post provides an overview of the capabilities that this new product, Arena Exchange, provides as well as my commentary and analysis on what it means for engineering organizations.

Arena Solutions PartsList and PDXViewer

Ask some folks in the industry what comes to their mind when you mention concept design, and most would probably start talking about the new 2D sketching and 3D direct modeling capabilities that are making its way into CAD applications. But if you have ever actually done design work as an engineering, you know there …

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Mechatronics Management (Part 2): Electrical Aspects

This series of four posts looks at the management of items, data and bills of material for mechatronic products. It is split into mechanical aspects, electrical aspects, software aspects and integrated aspects. In the minds of many, managing electrical aspects of products has, well, already be done. Meaning there have been approaches and technologies that …

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